Explore the West Country and find your ideal holiday home in the county of Devon. The county’s appeal is perhaps its contrast between the charming countryside and vibrant coastal towns. Unspoilt forestry and gentle hill ranges circle picturesque villages. Dynamic coastal towns, such as Torquay and Dartmoor, enjoy a bustling tourist industry. The larger, inland cities of Plymouth and Exeter welcome throngs of travellers annually and remain areas of historical interest. You can expect to draft a diverse itinerary, trailing Dartmoor’s coastal path, exploring Exeter’s historical sites and experiencing Plymouth’s lively nightlife. Choose your idyllic Devon cottage with HomeAway, and tailor your search to find a rental nestled in the sloping hills, or a coastal cottage replete with a garden and breakfast area for late evenings and long, relaxing breakfasts.
Sightseeing in Devon Visit Castle Drogo, near Drewsteignton, the majestic Buclkand Abbey near Yelverton, or Arlington Court, for afternoon tea in a quintessential English country setting. Alternatively, embrace the country’s nautical heritage and explore Torquay’s harbour or circle the county’s lighthouses scattered in Harland Point, Lynmouth and and Brixham. Devon’s exceptional sailing and surfing centres continue to attract tourists. Discover the coves and picturesque bays scattered along the coastline in a Devon cottage by the sea. In Dartmoor, join the coastal path and snake round the county’s stunning portion of the south-west coast.
Museums Notable museums include Plymouth’s Naval Base Museum, Dartmouth Museum and Lyme Regis Museum. If you’re holidaying with younger travellers, Topsham Museum has a family-orientated exhibition, and the Museum of British Surfing in Braunton promises to entertain, and educate, younger museum-goers!
Nightlife in Devon Discover Plymouth’s colourful nightlife, whether you choose to watch live music at The Walrus, or sample some of the West Country’s finest ales in the pubs and bars. Watch a live performance at Exeter Northcott Theatre, or dance the night away in a Plymouth nightclub.
Shopping in Devon For unique gifts and one-off treats, trawl Devon’s markets. Explore monthly markets, such as Willand’s Monthly Sunday market, or more regular markets in Kingsbridge, Axminster and South Molton. For cooking based gifts, explore markets such as Newton Abbot’s Farmers Market and sample delicious local produce. Plymouth and Exeter boast impressive boutiques and high-street outlets.
Dining Unsurprisingly, you can expect to taste some of the UK’s finest seafood dishes in the county’s exceptional restaurants and eateries dotted along Devon’s various harbours. Moreover, the county’s strong agriculture industry is reflected in traditional country menus, and there is ample opportunity to sample a Devonshire cream tea in one of the café’s quaint cafes. Sample Exeter Pudding if you have a particular sweet tooth, or Hog’s Pudding for main course. The West Country is renowned for its cider production enabling you to sample some of the finest apple based beverages in the UK.
It is always difficult to cast predicts on UK weather! Devon, however, has a reputation for receiving glorious sunshine and warm spells during the spring and summer months, and can support sub-tropical vegetation in some areas! During the warm summer afternoons, explore Coleton Fishacre’s tropical gardens, or take to the waves with a local surfing club. Experience the luxury of eating brunch in the garden of your Devon cottage, or sipping a cider in the light evenings.
Devon may be perfectly placed, tucked away from the bustling south-east, but it has brilliant rail connections with London, as well as Bristol and the midlands. The major airports include Plymouth (PLH) and Newquay (NQY).